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      Two nations, one city

      The twin Saults have made history by becoming the first Canada/U.S. border communities to sign a formal sister city agreement.

      The two cities will not only have an enhanced relationship thanks to the agreement, but it also leads the way for increased economic development initiatives, educational and cultural exchanges.

      Both cities previously passed motions from their city councils, but the mayors of the two cities got together today to sign the official agreement.

      Mayor Debbie Amaroso, of the Ontario Sault, and Mayor Anthony Bosbous, of the Michigan Sault, signed the formal agreement this morning at the Civic Center on the Canadian side of the border.

      "The relationship between our communities is as strong as it is unique," Mayor Amaroso said in a press release today, "We not only share a name but also have a long standing, cooperative connection dating back hundreds of years. We share a common interest to do the best for our communities, for our families and our neighbors."

      The Sister City Agreement and formal signing ceremony were part of the Celebrate 100! 1912-2012, the year-long festivities celebrating the centennial anniversary of the City of Sault St. Marie, Ontario.

      Don Mitchell, president and board chair of the Sault St. Marie (Ontario) Economic Development Corp. said he anticipates the agreement will lead to future business partnerships between the city.

      "As bright as the past has been for both communities, we see the next century shining even brighter with promise and opportunity," Mitchell said.